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Behold Blackberries

Erin Coopey By Erin Coopey 09.10.10
Behold Blackberries
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What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy blackberries?

 

It’s blackberry season! Here are Chef Erin’s tips for storing fresh blackberries, along with a couple of her favorite recipes.

Savory Blackberry Sauce for Salmon

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
3 tbsp sugar

1/2 cup water

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 tsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder

pinch of white pepper

1 tbsp unsalted butter, cold

1/4 tsp red wine vinegar

Directions

Simmer the blackberries, sugar and water in a saucepan until the berries are soft and starting to fall apart (about 5 minutes).Take off the burner and put the blackberries into a sieve. Use a wooden spoon or rubber scraper to push the berries through until you have extracted all the liquid. Discard the residue.

Put the liquid back into the saucepan and bring to heat. Whisk in the lemon juice, cornstarch or arrowroot, and white pepper. Heat until it begins to thicken slightly.

Remove from heat and whisk in butter and a dash of red wine vinegar. Add a little salt, if desired.

Spoon over roasted or grilled salmon and it’s also wonderful on duck breast or pork tenderloin.


Blackberry Brandy

Ingredients

2 cups fresh, crushed blackberries

1 cup sugar dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water

2 cups brandy, divided

Directions

Add sugar to boiling water and stir until dissolved. Gently crush the blackberries. Using your hands is fine! Pour the sugar water over the crushed berries.

Pour the mixture into a glass jar, add 1 cup brandy and seal the jar and shake gently. Place the jar in a cool, dark cupboard for 1 week. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve or cheese cloth. Add the second cup or brandy.

Sip on it’s own or over blend with vanilla ice cream for a decadent smoothie!

 

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  • musicmomma By musicmomma
    11.02.10  

    Sounds wonderful! We picked blackberries this summer and made jam! So good!

  • darnold14 By darnold14
    11.02.10  

    This sounds so wonderful can't wait to try this one!!!!

  • edentongirl By edentongirl
    10.18.10  

    Chef Erin I have a recipe my granny had for lemon bread and Ive converted it into muffins and added the blackberries to this recipe as well as blueberries and youre right the berries accompanied with the lemon is outrageously delish! GG..I love that you shared your memories of your mom making you that pie and all the work of picking the berries and all the love that went into it...very nice!!! the blackberry cider sounds incredible too...recipe???

  • hypnicjerk By hypnicjerk
    10.16.10  

    Ok. This sounds crazy good! You are amazing. Thank you very much. Lemon cake w/blackberries? It makes my mouth water just thinking about it! I can't wait to try it.

  • ChefErin By ChefErin
    10.14.10  

    GG_shopper - What a lovely memory. Thanks for sharing. I've never tried blackberry cider. If you have a recipe, send it my way : erin@ingoodtastepairings.com ~ Chef Erin

  • ChefErin By ChefErin
    10.14.10  

    Moondust - Try baking a lemon cake with blackberries. Don't mix them into the batter, just add a handful to the top of the cakes before you pop them in the oven. So yummy! ~ Chef Erin

  • GG_shopper By GG_shopper
    10.09.10  

    moondust - I wish you could share some of those blackberries with me!! I remember when my 2nd child was born, there was a vacant lot next to our house. My mother had come to stay with our younger children while I was in the hospital. The day I came home with our newborn, she had hot fresh blackberry pie waiting (home made crust and all). She had ventured into the thicket of blackberries and picked them and made that pie for me! So good and such a wonderful memory of my now deceased mother. If you haven't had blackberry cider, you have missed a treat. Toward the end of the summer, a "fruit shack" near our home has blackberry (and also peach) cider. It is strong but not alcoholic. Simply a strong "juice." A different treat that you can't find in stores.

  • edentongirl By edentongirl
    10.06.10  

    my pleasure chef Erin..I wished I could share the blackberries that I picked with the folks here..I made so many goodies with the fresh berries and now I have 22 quart sized bags in the freezer..Im sure they wont be going to waste. Can you imagine how incredible the house will smell on a cold winter day with these berries baking in the oven. Im always trying to come up with new recipes too..my friends call me rachael ray but I actually think Im a better cook and I BAKE she wont tee hee hee

  • ChefErin By ChefErin
    10.06.10  

    Moondust - Thanks for sharing the recipe! ~ Chef Erin

  • jenndta69 By jenndta69
    10.04.10  

    I remember when I was young, my Grandmother had blackberry brandy in the house. She used it for baking and even a sore throat! Behold the power of the blackberry brandy.

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